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Legislative Session
8:57 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Wraps Up, Lawmakers Tout Bipartisanship

Legislators have a few weeks before they come back to officially wrap up the session, but Tuesday was likely the last day of business for Arkansas lawmakers as they approved the budget and Governor Mike Beebe signed into law a health insurance expansion that many lawmakers agree was the biggest issue of the session.

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Local & Regional News
5:34 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Little Rock Board Must Decide Whether To Overturn Mayor's Zoning Veto

The Little Rock Board of Directors is deciding whether or not to challenge Mayor Mark Stodola’s veto of its approval for the recent zoning proposal.

The zoning request would allow an RV and boat storage facility on residential property near Pinnacle Mountain. At-Large Director Joan Adcock, says the development would have benefited park visitors, by providing storage for their boats and RVs. 

Mayor Stodola felt overriding the decision was necessary to protect the natural beauty of the area. "Highway 300 out by Pinnacle Mountain is a very scenic area" said Stodola. 

Local & Regional News
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Tar Sands Oil in Lake Conway?

Samples collected over the weekend by Opflex.
Credit https://www.facebook.com/OPFLEX?sk=wall&filter=1

Since the oil spill in Mayflower, official studies have shown an absence of tar sands oil in Lake Conway, but an independent study shows otherwise.

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Special Programming
4:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Celebrating the Day of Shakespeare's Birth

William Shakespeare

We bring you special programming in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23) with poetry, music, and hopefully information about Shakespeare and the significance of this day in literary history that you didn’t already know.

The program is hosted by J. Bradley Minnick of the UALR English Department with special guests Frank Thurmond of UALR and local author Sam Brown.  

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Election Reform
4:28 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Arkansas Governor Vetoes 3 Election Reform Bills

Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) speaking to reporters after the veto of his voter ID bill was overridden by the legislature. King has sponsored several election reform related bills this session.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed three bills aimed at overhauling the state's election commission, including one that would create a "voter integrity unit" to investigate fraud complaints.

Beebe on Tuesday vetoed the three bills by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest. He rejected the measures after lawmakers recessed this year's legislative session.

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Local & Regional News
11:19 am
Tue April 23, 2013

With Arkansas Legislature Recessed, A Look At Highlights Of Session

The Arkansas Legislature recessed this year's legislative session Tuesday, wrapping up 100 days at the Capitol with Republicans in control for the first time in 138 years. Key developments from the session:  

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Affordable Care Act
11:10 am
Tue April 23, 2013

'Private Option' Plan Now Law In Arkansas With Governor's Signature

Gov. Mike Beebe at a ceremony Tuesday to sign the 'private option' into law.
Credit Nathan Vandiver/ KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe on Tuesday signed into law a plan for federal Medicaid funds to be used to buy private health insurance for Arkansas adults who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Governor signed the bills that make up the state’s Private option expansion plan into law at a ceremony in his conference room at the state capitol.

“This is a victory for all of Arkansas in my opinion, and no one person or one group of people deserve all the credit for this,” Beebe said.

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Local & Regional News
11:06 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Wraps Up 100-day Session

The Arkansas Legislature has wrapped up its regular session after giving final approval to a bill detailing the state's $4.9 billion budget.  

The House approved the Revenue Stabilization Act on a 77-15 vote Tuesday. The Senate approved the measure on a 28-6 vote.  

Both chambers gaveled out after approving the bill with plans to reconvene the session May 17 for a formal adjournment.  

The Revenue Stabilization Act sets the state's spending priorities based on expected revenues.  

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Private Option To Become Law
6:29 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Beebe To Sign 'Private Option' Plan Into Arkansas Law

Governor Mike Beebe

Gov. Mike Beebe is set to sign into law legislation that will allow Arkansas to use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance for thousands of low-income residents. 

Beebe is expected Tuesday to sign into law bills setting up the "private option" program that supporters have touted as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law.

The proposal would allow the state to purchase private insurance through an exchange set up through the law. The federal government must still approve Arkansas' plan.

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Police Investigate GOP Threats
6:25 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Arkansas Republican Lawmakers Face Security Concerns

Davy Carter
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas State Police say they have investigated threats against state legislators but found no reason to believe their safety was in jeopardy. House Speaker Davy Carter was one of the legislators threatened when he was targeted in a tweet. 

Carter said Monday that he never felt he was in physical danger but said the threat made him angry. Also Monday, the editor of the Benton County Republican Committee newsletter apologized for approving an article by her husband that discussed shooting legislators.

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